Gov. Perdue signs pardons for Wilmington 10

Gov. Perdue signs pardons for Wilmington 10

Credit: State of NC

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue

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by Shelly Wilford

WVEC.com

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Outgoing North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has issued pardons to the Wilmington 10, a group wrongly convicted in a notorious Civil Rights-era prosecution.
 
Perdue issued a pardon of innocence Monday for the nine black men and one white woman sentenced to a combined almost 300 years in prison for the 1971 firebombing of a Wilmington grocery store that occurred after police shot a black teenager. The pardon means the state no longer thinks the group committed a crime.
 
The three key witnesses in the case later recanted their testimony. Amnesty International and other groups took up the issue, portraying the Wilmington 10 as political prisoners.
 

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